Car waxing is one of those activities that will distinguish your car from every other one on the road. While regular cleaning removes mud, dust and debris, waxing brings back the original sheen and glamour your car exhibited when it was rolled out of the showroom. It also preserves the polish. Although there are several businesses offering professional car waxing services, this is something you can do on your own. All you need is the right waxing product and procedure. Below is a brief guide to help you quickly complete a car waxing job. Note that waxing should be part of routine maintenance done every 3-4 months.
1) Pick the right products
The result you get after waxing will heavily depend on the waxing procedure and tools used. More importantly, it will be as good as the paint and wax you use. It is therefore important to choose top quality products. You can read a review of the top car waxes to determine the ideal choice for your car. When choosing car waxing products, stay with the same brand for both paint and wax. This will help you avoid compatibility issues. Polishing should come before waxing. It is used to remove imperfection and should be done at least twice a year.
2) Park, clean and inspect your car
Before you start waxing, park your car in the shade and thoroughly clean the interior and exterior surfaces. Make sure there are no mud, insect remains or stuck gum and grime on the surface. It is also recommendable to let the car cool off before applying wax. If there are any dents and scratches, take care of them with compatible polish and make sure the entire surface is clean and smooth. You can run your hand on the surface and hood to determine if there is any roughness. Resolve these issues with a pasty paint or coating recommended for your car’s trim.
3) Apply the wax
If your car is polished and smooth, the next step is to apply a thin coat of wax. Start with the hood, roof and trunk before proceeding to lower sections. Make sure you wax one section at a time to avoid scratching areas that are already waxed. Car wax can be liquid or paste. While liquid is easier to apply, it is not necessarily better. Simply find the best brand and product. Apply wax in gentle circular motions and let it dry and bond with the paint. Do not let is settle for too long as this will make the haze difficult to remove.
4) Buff the wax
Buffing is the last procedure in car waxing. Once the wax settles and bonds with the paint, start buffing immediately. You can buff manually with your hand and microfiber towel or use an orbital buffer. Simply use the same circular motion used when applying wax to avoid swirl marks and scratches. Take a step back every few minutes to check out the finish and continue until it becomes flawless.
Waxing should be an effortless interesting process that leaves your car looking plush and new. You can even add a second coat of wax to improve the prestige of your paint. The technique is simply the same. If you still have difficulty waxing your car, you can find online video illustrations to visually capture and understand the technique. Always make sure you use high quality waxing products compatible with your car.